boston terrier problems

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Boston Terriers are amazing dogs full of character and charm but as with all dog breeds there are common Boston Terrier problems that they can suffer from.

Whilst the Boston Terrier problems discussed in this article are by no means a showstopper and are mostly avoidable, it’s still best to know about any potential issues so that you can be prepared and readily deal with them if required.

Boston Terrier Problems with Health

Boston Terriers do have their share of health issues but luckily they don’t have as many health issues as many other dog breeds. Most of these problems can also be avoided with careful breeding.


A Boston Terrier’s eyes are not only cute but their googly eyes are also the window to their soul. But, as the most prominent part of its face you need to be careful to avoid injury whilst playing or grooming.

These beautiful eyes can also be prone to problems like:

  • Juvenile cataracts
  • Late onset cataracts
  • Entropion
  • Glaucoma
  • Corneal dystrophy
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Cherry eyes
  • Distichiasis


Many Boston Terriers are affected by skin allergies (one in 5 according to the BTCA health survey). Other skin issues can be caused by parasites, fungal and bacterial infections.

Common skin problems include:

  • Atopic Dermatitis
    generally caused by environmental allergens such as grass, dust mites, mould et.
  • Skin Allergies
    like humans, Boston Terriers can have allergies to a range of things like food, chemicals, dust etc that can create a reaction in a hypersensitive dog
  • Demodectic Mange
    a skin disease caused by mites that can be fought off if your Boston has a strong immune system

Breathing Problems

Due to their short and squashed noses Boston Terriers can develop breathing problems. You need to be careful not to over-excerpt these dogs when exercising too hard or too long or they may face problems with breathing.

Some of the Boston Terriers may wheeze or snore quite loudly, which can be pretty amusing.

Also, if you can take care of their diet, especially during the later stages of their life.

Digestive Issues

Boston Terriers can have a sensitive digestive system and are often known to be able to clear a room with their gassiness.

The type of food sensitivity will vary for each dog and you’ll just have to work with your vet to try and eliminate foods to find any that are causing digestive issues for your dog. Most of these digestive problems can be managed by providing the dog with a proper and healthy diet.

Like other dogs, Boston Terriers also needs to avoid certain types of foods. You shouldn’t give your dog any caffeine product, as caffeine is toxic for dogs. Human vitamin supplements should never be given to Boston Terriers, as it can cause toxicity. Onion, whether raw or cooked, must be avoided as it can damage the blood cells of your dog. And as sugar products can cause obesity and diabetes, it is suggested not to feed your dog with any such product.

5 things that you should never feed your Boston Terrier:

  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Cooked bones
  • Beans
  • Alcohol

Consult your vet about the kind of food your dog should have, to grow well.

Other health problems include:

  • Deafness
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Hermivertebrae
  • Patellar luxation
  • Ingrown tails


You need to be a little sensitive and careful while grooming a Boston Terrier because their prominent eyes are prone to injuries during the grooming process.

The best part about grooming a Boston Terrier is that they are on of the rare breeds that don’t have a body odour and are also average shredders making them very easy to maintain. You only need to bathe them every month or so and if required you can simply wipe their faces with a damp cloth.

Ticks may lurk in the ears, so you should make a habit to regularly check them.

Weather Related Problems

The short muzzle and dark coat that makes the Boston Terrier so distinctive can also leave them vulnerable to heatstroke.

Cold weather can also be harmful for Boston Terriers as their short coat doesn’t provide much protection or insulation from the cold.

Sounds like a good excuse to dress up your Boston in some cute sweaters!

Small Dog Syndrome

Boston Terriers are generally quite affectionate, caring, gentle and loving. But some of them may develop small dog syndrome.

It generally happens when humans or the owners do not display a good leadership or don’t train the dogs well. Their problem is basically the syndrome wherein the dog believes he is the pack leader of humans. This can cause behavioural issues in which these dogs can become authoritative and dominant, or basically your dog thinking they are the man of the house.

This syndrome is easily avoidable if you reflect good leadership over these dogs from an early age and train them properly.

Boston Terriers are known to have a good temperament despite this.

Separation Anxiety

Boston Terriers are social and highly affectionate dogs and thrive in a family environment. But, it is this loving and social nature that can cause them to suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.

Loneliness can be very intimidating for these dogs as they love being surrounded by people. So make sure that you don’t leave them for long hours otherwise they may develop a tendency of barking unnecessarily and feeling unhappy.

The Cost of Love

A pure bred Boston Terrier can be quite expensive to purchase but they are well worth the cost when bought from a reputable breeder who has carefully bred the dogs to avoid the major health issue listed above.

The character, style and love of a Boston Terrier is well worth the cost.


Don’t underestimate just how smart your Boston Terrier is! This intelligence can mean that they are also stubborn at times so you’ll have to persevere and be patient during the training process.

That being said once trained your Boston will be very well mannered and as they are so smart you can teach them some really cool tricks.

The Boston Terrier Problems Don’t Outweigh The Benefits

Boston Terriers are lovely dogs. Yes, they do have a few problems, but these problems can be avoided with care and lots of love.

These dogs will bring love, fun and affection to you and your family!